Carroll County Times

2013 Spring Movie Preview

The summer blockbuster season is still months away.

The weather will eventually warm, prompting everyone to look outdoors once again for entertainment.

The Baltimore Orioles kick off their season at Tampa Bay Tuesday.

There are plenty of reasons to avoid the movie theater in the coming months. But several notable flicks premiering in the coming months should give moviegoers all the more reason to spend an evening at the theater.

Here's a look at five movies to hit theaters this spring that have feature writer Brandon Oland's attention:

'G.I. Joe: Retaliation'

Featuring: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum

Rated: PG-13

Release: Friday

Synopsis: Well, The Rock is in it. He practically sweats tenacity, so, at the very least, this sequel should be a high-energy film. The G.I. Joes face a tough fight in this one. Not only must they contend with Cobra, they must face governmental threats as well.



Featuring: Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni

Rated: PG-13

In theaters: April 12

Synopsis: Just in time for baseball season, Warner Bros. is set to release a biopic about Jackie Robinson, the first black baseball player to play in Major League Baseball since a racial barrier was put in place late in the 19th century. Boseman stars as Robinson. This is his first significant big screen leading role. If the movie is a good one, it should serve as a launching pad for his film career.


Featuring: Who else? Tom Cruise. Oh, and Morgan Freeman too.

Rated: PG-13

Release: April 19

Synopsis: Tom Cruise is a drone repairman who works on a destroyed Earth. He discovers a wrecked aircraft that may change the fate of the human race. We've seen this type of action role many times before from Cruise. An underrated part of films like this is checking out the special effects for what a destroyed United States looks like.


'The Great Gatsby'

Featuring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Isla Fisher

Rated: Not yet rated

Release date: May 10

Synopsis: This is based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel that so many were required to read in an English class at some point in their education. DiCaprio as the mysterious Gatsby seems like brilliant casting in this film that should whisk readers back to the roaring 1920s and the luxury and opulence prevalent before the Great Depression.

'Star Trek Into Darkness'

Featuring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Karl Urban

Rating: Not yet rated

Release date: May 17

Synopsis: The second film in the "Star Trek" reboot features the Enterprise crew returning home. They find a destroyed Starfleet. Pine stars as Captain Kirk. Quinto is featured as Spock. I've got to say. It takes some getting used to watching a "Star Trek" film and not seeing Patrick Stewart in it. Regardless, Trekkies everywhere are no doubt excited for the latest good vs. evil flick.